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# Hi guys I have a doubt regarding weakening questions. So if X is the

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09 Feb 2018, 01:58
Hi guys I have a doubt regarding weakening questions.

So if X is the cause and Y is the effect.
There are 3 ways in which we can weaken an argument

1) lets say there is a 3rd factor z that causes Y to happen (causation)
2) there is a reverse causation
3) There is a 3rd factor Z which cause both X and Y to happen (Correlation)

Now in a given argument that asks us to weaken , Then any of the 3 options mentioned above can weaken the argument right?
Or is there a particular skeleton for the argument that is applicable to each of the 3 mentioned options
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09 Feb 2018, 02:15
Adding to the above point on weakening, If you say that such a Effect-Y doesn't exists does that statement weaken the conclusion??
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11 Jun 2018, 01:22
longhaul123 wrote:
Hi guys I have a doubt regarding weakening questions.

So if X is the cause and Y is the effect.
There are 3 ways in which we can weaken an argument

1) lets say there is a 3rd factor z that causes Y to happen (causation)
2) there is a reverse causation
3) There is a 3rd factor Z which cause both X and Y to happen (Correlation)

Now in a given argument that asks us to weaken , Then any of the 3 options mentioned above can weaken the argument right?
Or is there a particular skeleton for the argument that is applicable to each of the 3 mentioned options
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Hi longhaul123,

Yes, any of the 3 options can be used to weaken the argument.
But please note that at any point of time, there is only one correct answer choice.
So if all three ways are present as choice in any question. Please read carefully, small words would make the choices incorrect.
At times test-takers ignore that and select the incorrect answer choices.

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